Lake Ann Pass
On July 20, we climbed steadily through the forest to Lake Ann, which was emerald green with an island and two 13,000 foot peaks behind it. The climb up to Lake Ann Pass from the Lake was above tree line over steep boulder fields, with the trail zigzagging to the top. From the pass on the top of the Continental Divide, we had views back to Huron Peak and west to Taylor Reservoir. From the pass, we descended through steep multi-color meadows with wildflowers including Skypilot, Jacobs Ladder, Old Man in the Mountain, and Purple Fringe. The long, gentle switch backs made the descent gradual, which did not hurt my joints. The switchbacks continued far down into the forest to the edge of the Collegiates Wilderness Area. From there, we had a long up and down hike, following contours, and a final descent to Texas Creek.